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Earthcott sign in March 2006

Coordinates: 51°34′11″N 2°30′27″W / 51.56972°N 2.50750°W / 51.56972; -2.50750

Earthcott is a hamlet in the civil parish of Alveston in South Gloucestershire, England, between Latteridge and Rudgeway on the B4059 road between the A38 road and Yate. It has a letter box and a small village green, but no other services. Its main industry is farming.

The place-name 'Earthcott' is first attested in the Domesday Book of 1086, where it appears as 'Herdicote'. It derives from the Old English 'eorthe-cot' meaning 'earth hut' ('cot' as in the modern English words 'dovecote' and 'cottage').[1]

Traditions of Earthcott include a village bonfire night, and Christmas Eve carol singing, normally done on the back of a tractor-trailer, with regular stops for mince pies and hot toddy.

Earthcott should not be confused with the nearby hamlet of Gaunt's Earthcott.


  1. ^ Eilert Ekwall, Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Place-names, p. 156.